There’s been a significant amount of commentary and outrage from many corners concerning the death of the 69 year old Mom who had twin boys just three years ago through IVF.
I think it could be an interesting story to watch as even CNN is doing stories about whether we allow this kind of thing to continue. CNN reports:
The average American woman can live long enough to celebrate her 80th birthday, so if a woman is able to become pregnant using in vitro fertilization with a donor egg at 56, she could still watch her child grow into an adult. But just because it’s possible, does that mean she should?
Some feel that having children after 45 is unfair because the parents might not live to see the kids become adults. The death of 69-year-old Maria del Carmen Bousada of Spain, who used in vitro fertilization with a donor egg to have twin boys at 66, has the fertility treatment community bracing for a backlash. It could rival the fallout from octuplet mom Nadya Suleman — and it seems to have already started.
In a national online survey about fertility conducted in May by Johnson & Johnson’s Babycenter.com, 7 out of 10 moms who responded wanted tougher regulation laws for IVF treatments, and half of the 1,095 respondents thought it was bad for the children if a parent conceived past 45.
It will be interesting to see as this debate continues whether the “reproductive rights” community makes a big stink about any legislation that might curb the legality of 60 year old’s having children. Because I’m not sure that the “reproductive rights” folks care all that much about reproductive rights as much as they care about abortion on demand. For example, note the complete silence from the “choice” community concerning Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren’s comments concerning mass sterilizations and limiting the number of babies that people can have.
It’ll be interesting to watch. Any law made concerning this could have an effect later on the government’s right to make laws concerning “privacy.”
I actually don’t think that in the end any legislation will pass, but it would be interesting in that if it becomes illegal for 50 year old’s to create life it would certainly affect a 16 year old’s ability to end a life?
But leaving legislation out of the question entirely, a woman somewhere at some point is going to ask for IVF and a doctor is going to refuse and there’s going to be a lawsuit and some judge somewhere is going to have to decide whether the conscience of the doctor is allowed to play a role in this decision or must the scientist do the woman’s bidding.
And with the conscience clause of doctors and pharmacists relating to birth control and abortion under attack now by the current administration, this discussion of IVF will greatly affect the larger discussion as well.